I admit that after 30 years visiting Mexico, I’ve still yet to learn the language. However, that has never stopped me from having a great time. When a local told me about Relieve Winery, located down a long dirt road, I was all in. I’m a sucker for dirt roads and a “hidden” location. As you pull into the front gates, the first thing you see is a beautiful water reservoir with a winery set against the hillside. Right now, you can taste the wines at their restaurant “Mixura” that’s on the other end of the lake, as they work to remodel the Winery location. I’m always amazed at the architecture and structures being built in the Valle. There is no question in my mind that they are in this for the long haul. When you arrive, you can’t help but walk around and look at everything around you, soaking up the Baja sunshine. But I know I am there with a purpose, and that is to eat and taste some great wines. Relieve is no exception to that. The view is amazing and if you ask for help on the property you are greeted with professionals, ready to serve you and ensure that you have everything you came for. The particular day I visited Relieve I had just come from a fabulous meal down the road and really just wanted to taste wine. I sat down at their very industrial designed container restaurant with great floral arrangements. And although I was not there to eat, they sent over some complimentary appetizers that I would not soon forget. For a full set of tasting notes – visit the www.BajaUnitedwines.com web page and try something for yourself. They do not disappoint. Relieve originates from the Topographic term that involves the vertical and horizontal dimensions of land service – still doesn’t mean I can pronounce it correctly in Spanish.
Jim Riley – CEO of Adventure
When I plan a trip to head south of the border, it’s all about the adventure. I head to Baja with a surfboard strapped to the top of my car or a race truck attached to the tow hitch. I speed down Highway 1, focused on the Pacific Ocean with a yearning towards something spectacular to the East. This something is the Valle De Guadalupe, a place with the spirit of adventure and home to some of the most unique “pioneers” in the wine industry. When I arrive, I love exploring the back roads of the Valle and discovering great new places in Baja California, Mexico. In the last year, I’ve met some of the most wonderful, gracious, and intelligent people that live and work in the Valle. I have also had the opportunity to taste some of best new wines to hit the marketplace in years. When you ask around, the first place locals recommend is Vena Cava Winery. You can’t go wrong heading down the dirt road to Phil and Eileen’s place. They are both passionate and experienced wine makers, well-versed in the history of the Valle. I would suggest stopping by early in the day, giving yourself plenty of time to taste through the portfolio while Phil shares some stories with you. You can also review the full Vena Cava portfolio offered on www.bajaunitedwines.com. If you can only taste one, the Big Blend is a local favorite.
Jim Riley – CEO of Adventure
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